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* Justino Moreno And Hilda Guzman Arrested For Carjacking And Kidnapping of a 5-Year-Old Boy In Concord

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Police arrested a third person today in connection with a carjacking and kidnapping of a 5-year-old boy in Concord on Sunday afternoon, but are still searching for a fourth suspect, Concord police Lt. Jim Lardieri said.The incident began shortly before 4 p.m. Two women and a boy in a 1992 Dodge Caravan were stopped in traffic on Monument Boulevard near Victory Lane when four suspects, at least two in Halloween masks, approached the car,brandished tire irons and pulled the women out, Concord police Lt. Darrell Graham said.The mother of the boy asked them, “What about my son?” just before they drove away with the child still in the car, Graham said.An Amber Alert was issued, but almost immediately after that residents on Gilardy Drive called police and said a boy was alone in the back of a Dodge Caravan.Officers responded and confirmed it was the boy who had been taken. The child had not been injured and was returned safely to his mother, Graham said.The residents who reported seeing the boy told police that the suspects had fled the neighborhood in a white Ford Explorer and a maroon Jeep Cherokee, according to Graham.At about 7:30 p.m., an officer spotted the suspects’ vehicles at a gas station on Grant Street, found at least one of the Halloween masks inside one of the vehicles, as well as other evidence, and arrested a man and woman.Lardieri identified the two suspects who were arrested as 23-year-old Justino Moreno and 35-year-old Hilda Guzman, both Concord residents.They are being held in county jail on suspicion of carjacking and kidnapping, Lardieri said.Moreno’s bail has been set at $550,000 and Guzman’s has been set at 500,000, a county jail official said. Police served a search warrant at a home in Antioch today and arrested a third suspect, a 26-year-old Antioch resident. His name was not immediately available. Lardieri said that it appears that the victims sold jewelry at a local swap meet and the suspects may have seen them there.Concord police are asking anyone with information about the case to call the Police Department at (925) 671-3030.

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